DECEMBER 10TH, 2001
MONDAY

GREETINGS GATES*!



PICTURE OF THE WEEK


Look closely...it's advertising a holiday dance!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"We really had a ball at the Savoy.  That was one of the grandest times the band ever had...We really enjoyed each date in there, because it was just so wonderful."

--Count Basie

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MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND THE
2002 LINDY CRUISE TO MEXICO!!!
APRIL 19-22, 2002

We are thrilled to tell you all that we will again be a part of the 2002 Lindy Cruise to Mexico, brought to you by DanceFun!!!  We were involved in last year's cruise and we can honestly say that it was one of the most enjoyable events we have ever done!  The line-up of teachers is fantastic, including ourselves, Erik and Sylvia, Shesha and Terra, Steve Conrad, Melinda Comeau, and Sylvia Sykes!!!  And the live music for the nightly dances will be handled by none other than the SWING SESSION!  This is a cruise of course, so the dance classes are kept to a manageable amount per day (read "two one-hour classes") to allow for plenty of time to relax, lounge around or whatever.  The cost for this outstanding weekend cruise to Ensenada is only $399 per person (plus port and departure taxes) until January 12th.  After that the cost increases, so make sure to get your registration filled out NOW...we have loads of registration forms at our classes and events, so just ask for one!!!  For more information on this incredible event, click http://dancefun.com/lindy/020419swing&lindycruise/lindycruise_pg1.htm !  Hope to see you onboard!!!

RUSTY AND PETER TO RETURN TO TEACH IN GERMANY!!!


(Rusty and Peter with instructors at the 2001 Boogie-Barens Dance Camp)

Last year, we had the honor of being asked to teach at the prestigious Boogie-Barens dance camp in Munich, Germany.  This is one of the largest and best-respected dance camps in the world for swing dancing.  Well, we are proud to say that this year, we will be in the line-up again, and we are so excited to see all our old friends again, and looking forward to making new ones!  Boogie-Barens is held every year just outside Munich, in the beautiful small village of Landsberg, bringing in instuctors from all across the globe for three incredible days of music and dance!   We are so darned excited to be going back this year that we just had to tell you all!!  For more details on this great event, click on the official website at http://www.boogie-baeren.de/seminar/main.html !!!

SAVE THE DATE:  THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH
END-OF-SERIES PARTY...SPECIAL SHOW BY
THE PERFORMANCE CLASS,
BUT PARKING MAY BE TRICKY!

We are rapidly approaching the end of another great four weeks of classes, which means...PARTY!!!  After every series, we throw a free party for all our students and friends, and this time is no exception!  Make your plans to come down and dance the night away with all of us at Lindy By The Sea.  These dances are really loads of fun, always well-attended, free, and all ages!  This time around, though, it falls on the same evening that Manhattan Beach is having its Holiday festivities including a grand fireworks display (5:00-7:00pm), so parking will be sort of difficult during that time.  So plan on coming to the party, but allow plenty of time to find a parking place (or come early and enjoy the fireworks and a pleasant meal somewhere)!  But do plan on coming, as there will be a special show at around 8:30 of the new routine that the Performance Class has been working on for the last several weeks.  It has turned out spectacularly well, and we know you will all want to see it!!!  (End-Of-Series Party, Sunday December 16th; 7:00pm until 10:00pm; Free and All Ages; at the Neptunian Woman's Club, 920 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach)

THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT...
SWING DANCE!!!

This holiday season, why not give your loved ones something they've always wanted...swing!  Whether it's a series card, good for four weeks of great dance classes with Rusty and Peter, or maybe some passes to the Rhythm Club on Wednesday nights, it's a gift that really fits all!  You can even set up some private lessons with Rusty -- what a terrific present for the swing dancer in your life!  Just email, call or personally ask for any of these things at any Rusty and Peter event, and we'll be more than happy to take care of you!

THIS WEDNESDAY...COME TO
RUSTY AND PETER'S RHYTHM CLUB

7:30-8:00pm Beginner's East Coast Swing Lesson
8:00-11:30 Dance!  Dance!  Dance!

Come to the Rhythm Club this week and dance the night away again at one of the friendliest swing clubs in Southern California!  This week, join us for a special birthday dances for Corey and for M.G. Kelly!  (And in case you want to know more about M.G., check out his website at http://www.mgkelly.com/main.asp !!!  He's a celebrity, too!!!)

Full details, click http://www.swingshiftontap.com/rhythmclub.asp;

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LEONARD REED VISITS THE RHYTHM CLUB...
WHAT A NIGHT!!!

Last Wednesday, the legendary Leonard Reed, creator of the Shim Sham, and show businessman extraordinare, graciously came down to the Rhythm Club and shared some of his stories and charm with everyone there!  Leonard told some tales of his eighty years in the entertainment world, and even showed off a couple of new tap steps he's been working on...at age NINETY-FOUR!!!!  Everyone there was completely bowled over by Leonard's charisma and vitality, cheering wildly for him after he led a rousing Shim Sham.  He was surrounded by adoring and interested folks all night who kept stopping by to shower him with appreciation for all he has given to the world.  We were also pleased to have the opportunity to give Leonard some official recognition on behalf of dancers all over the globe with a specially made proclamation.  It read:

TO LEONARD REED
On this 5th day of December 2001

In Appreciation Of Eighty Years In The World Of Entertainment.

We present this certificate on behalf of grateful dancers worldwide to the
legendary Leonard Reed, for eight decades of brilliant work as a producer,
director, choreographer, comedian, master of ceremonies, singer, songwriter,
teacher and dancer.

With love and appreciation

Rusty & Peter - Swing Shift
Lindy By The Sea Dancers
Dancers Worldwide


L-R  Maxwell DeMille and Leonard Reed hamming it up,
and Rusty, Leonard, and Peter lead the Rhythm Club in the Shim Sham Shimmy

What a fabulous night!!!  We want to send thanks to Alex for lending us his fantastic digital camera, to April for chauffering the Reeds from their home in West Covina all the way to the Rhythm Club and back again, and to Dan and Marlena for helping us with the recording of this great night!

LINK OF THE WEEK

This week's link of the week is a terrific site for all you swing music and dance history buffs!  It is a detailed listing of all the dance clubs and nightclubs this person could find, all laid out in a clear, concise format for you to browse through!  Have fun looking around...we just wish we could visit them all!!!  It is located at http://www.streetswing.com/histclub/a1r.htm !  Enjoy!!


See you soon!

Swingcerely,
Rusty and Peter
Swing Shift
http://www.swingshiftontap.com

*Wondering what the heck a "gate" is?  This was a phrase popularized by 1940's comedian, Jerry Colona, who would holler it out every time he was introduced on the Bob Hope radio program.  It was a friendly salutation to a swing cat (dancer or swing music enthusiast).




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Members of the Swing Shift Rhythm Club at
Shriners Children's Hospital, LA